I've recently added Silent Running to my daily list, and I hope they keep up the good work. I wonder if that makes me a WarBloggerGroupie.Yes Nora, it does. Let me know if you need my phone number or anything to make stalking me easier.
Khaldi, a graduate of Cairo University's Faculty of Law, said he was recently forced to change the wording of the constitution to set the final boundaries of the proposed state within the pre-1967 borders. In effect, this means that the future state of Palestine recognizes Israel's right to exist within the 1948 borders.Recognizes Israel's right to exist, a good sign. That it was a 'recently forced' change is somewhat interesting.
"The purpose of the constitution is to demonstrate a new will by the Palestinian people to live in an independent, sovereign state, where Islam is the official religion."Well, so much for religious freedom.
"This is the first constitution of its kind in the world," he said. "It is aimed to establish a state for immigrants who are expected to immigrate to the new state. In that sense, it is a very strange constitution."Hate to burst the proud papa's bubble but, I think someone beat them to the punch on that one. Well, as long as the color of the sky in that world keeps shifting towards at least some shade of blue.
The constitution guarantees the civil, political, social, cultural, and economic rights of all citizens living in the state, Khaldi said. According to Article 25, all Arabs living in Palestine before May 1948 are entitled to Palestinian citizenship.And if they weren't? Hmmm.
Khaldi said the constitution was originally planned for the end of the interim period of the Oslo Accords, when the PA hoped to establish an independent state on most of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "We were planning to prepare for the declaration of independence at the end of the interim period, which was supposed to expire in May 1999," he said. "Our job was very big, and we had to hold vast consultations with Palestinians here and in the diaspora about main issues to be addressed.So, let's see if I got this right - the original target date was 1999, but they've only been working on it since 1999, and they finally finished it up in late 2002 (but still aren't quite done yet). Sounds like they're already forming the solid foundations for a robust bureaucratic underpinnings for a permanent government! Is there an article guaranteeing the right of all to keep and bear baby wipes?
Points for originality? Thats the basis of her reaction? What color is the sky in her world?
Auckland-based Haffern, the first person in New Zealand to gain a doctorate in fine arts and a doctorate programme teacher at Elam Art School, sees the day's events and those planes-into-towers images as "wonderful ... because it was a new idea".
You mean like - accusing the people that did it? Something like that?
"What I found, when I went into work the day after, everyone was accusing somebody, everyone had something bad to say about somebody else, whether it was Bush or Osama bin Laden or al Qaeda or whatever - someone was in the wrong and I found that position quite hard to handle."
This sounds like a form of really, really active denial of reality. At least reality as the rest of us think of it, at any rate.
"My doctorate dealt with people in the wrong and I came to the conclusion there is not right or wrong, no evil, no good," she says.
Let me think real hard and maybe I can come up with, umm, umm, ooo, I got it! How about MURDERERS! or Act of War! Too strong? Over-reaction?
"Four planes? I thought it was an extraordinary idea to do this, somebody declaring war against the mightiest country that has ever existed with one of its own peacetime machines. Looking at this, and being an artist, I thought what if this had been a performance piece and Osama bin Laden had declared himself an artist, how would the world have seen it then?"
Well, color me a rube, but I don't think I have to actually see the work to have that sense of amazement - this article creates that quite well enough. I can fault the execution of the act - it was heinous. The only way I think 'perfect' enters into any of this would be its use in the phrase 'perfect nutjob'.
"The installation is definitely not a political statement - it asks the viewer to take a new position free of accusation and prejudice to view the acts of September 11 with a sense of amazement," Haffern explains. "I'm saying, step away from blame. How are we to act if we act only according to blame? So many of us just think and squeal, think and squeal. This act is done and you can't fault the execution of the act. It was perfect, extraordinarily clever."
"Judeo-Christian roots"? And since when is the concept of Germany NOT growing supposed to be disturbing? And consrvative though I am, and concerned at some trends in immigration in Western countries, there's just something about German politicans shrieking about immigrants and unemployment that sets all sorts of alarm bells ringing. Guess I'm just prejudiced huh? "Judeo-Chirstian roots"?????
STOIBER A NEW GERMANY. SAVE GERMANY VOTE STOIBER GERMANY HAS 5 MILLIONS BOYS WITHOUT A JOB. GERMANY IS FULL OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. GERMANY IS NOT GROWING. GERMANY HAS FORGOTTEN HIS TRADITIONS. GERMANY HAS FORGOTTEN HIS JUDEO CHRISTIAN ROOTS. GERHARD SCHRODER IS DESTROYING GERMANY. PLEASE SAVE GERMANY VOTE STOIBER!
I also like his slogan - "Vote For Me - I'm Fucking Nuts!" It's remeniscent of the infamous Gubernatorial campaign run by Earl Long, who wore a button stating, comfortingly enough "I'm Not Crazy". You can listen to the man himself right here.
Break all diplomatic ties with Syria, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian Authority, Vatican City, and Berkeley. Eliminate all foreign and military aid to non-democratic Middle East countries. Presidential order: official language of the United States of America is English, que pasa? Either remove the United States from the U.N. or openly declare that our Security Council veto will be used to deliberately tie up all action by that body in military matters until Israel and Taiwan are full members. Demolish HQ on New York, tell 'em to move to Geneva. Remove military forces stationed overseas to "protect" Cold War-threatened regions that don't require protecting anymore. Maintain minimal presence for rapid deployment or waystations to send troops elsewhere. Major crackdown on illegal immigration. Move army bases to Mexican border to double as monitoring stations and patrols. Moonbase by the end of my first term, Mars mission by the end of my second term. Order merger of South Dakota and North Dakota. You're Dakota, goddamn it. Break up California into three states: North, South, and the District of Berkeley without Federal representation (like D.C.). Remove tax exempt status for religions, revoke status of Scientology as religion, and declare Saudi-funded Wahhabanism to be a terrorist organization.
Earl K. Long, Governor of Louisiana from 1939 - 1940, 1948 - 1952 and 1956 - 1960, was one of the most colorful (famous, infamous, and outrageous) governors of Louisiana during the twentieth century. His notoriety is challenged only by the likes of his older brother, Huey P. Long, Jimmy Davis, and Edwin Edwards. His behavior and rhetoric was at times so bizarre, that his wife, Blanche, eventually committed him to a mental institution during his second term. Confined to the state hospital in Mandeville, he demanded to be released, a demand that the hospital administrator refused. Earl then fired the administrator, and replaced him with someone who did release him. The courts later confirmed that insane or not, he had the authority..
In a recent column — I apologize, but I can’t find it online — Mark Steyn [link here - kindly provided by Cyrus]mentioned John Howard, the prime minister of Australia. He did so in the following context: “Symbolism matters. . . . [The] privilege of kicking loose at the ranch ought to be reserved for real friends [not for terror-funding oil princes]. Yet Australia’s . . . John Howard, whose boys fought alongside the U.S. in Afghanistan, didn’t get an invite to Crawford.” I get a huge kick out of Mr. Howard — John, he would want me to call him. I’ll tell you why. And it goes to my fondness for Australians generally, some of the friendliest, most enjoyable people on earth. (By the way, Bill Buckley says that, in his experience — and he has circumnavigated the globe many times — the friendliest people in the world are Nova Scotians and New Zealanders.) A few years ago, my wife and I were invited to a party hosted by the Australian consulate in New York, at the time of the U.S. (tennis) Open. It was to honor Australian tennis greats, which is almost to say tennis greats, including the greatest, Laver. We were invited because I had come to know Michael Baume, who was serving as the Australian consul in New York. We get there, and we learn a lot about the vaunted informality and down-to-earthness of Australians. We were introduced to the ambassador to the U.N. After chatting with her for several minutes, I became afraid that we were using too much of her time. I said, “Surely, you have people to see here.” She said, “Oh, no.” Then she saw that we were without drinks, and insisted on going off to fetch us drinks. This was the U.N. ambassador, mind you. Richard Holbrooke was our own ambassador at the time, and I tried to imagine him doing the same. It was impossible. Then, at the end of our conversation, this woman — I’m sorry I can’t remember her name (there’s gratitude for you) — gave us her card. And we weren’t big deals, mind you; we were just minor-league American journalists. Then we met the ambassador to the U.S. — same deal. We chatted gaily about Fresh Fields, the earthy-crunchy grocery-store chain in Washington. And then came the prime minister. Here I was, meeting the head of state of a significant country. Referring to my friend and host, the consul, I said rather stiffly, “Mr. Prime Minister, we’re so glad to have Mr. Baume here in New York. He’s a wonderful asset.” And Howard threw his head back and said, “That old son of a bitch? You know, he’s part Catholic, part Protestant, part Jew, part everything. He’s all mixed up, that son of a bitch. His ancestors are all over the map.” And so on. They were great old friends and political comrades. And the prime minister was letting loose on him, talking so freely — to us, journalists, no less. Yes, W. would have an excellent time with John Howard at the ranch, or anywhere else. They’re peas in a pod, really.
Although I understand the attitude of the guy last night, I can't accept it. He was in effect saying that only his stream of Judaism, Orthodoxy, has the right to determine what is or is not Jewish practice. That's a battle they cannot be allowed to win, because it would forfiet the individial right to make a decision to an external group. And I note that Orthodoxy is in fact the smallest of the Jewish streams, with Reform and Conservative Judaism having many more adherents. But the more religious conservatives try to throw up barriers against the outside world, the more attractive it will seem. And as this is the 21st century, and we live in free societies, barriers won't even work! The only thing that will work is individuals making up their own minds, and using their free will. The Law must be written on the heart, as well as on a parchment scroll. Christianity and Judaism are grappling with these issues even now, but whether Islam can adapt to modernity in time remains to be seen.
In a quiet trend that could revolutionize gender roles in the Orthodox community, several new prayer groups are offering expanded liturgical opportunities for women while continuing to separate the sexes during services. About a half-dozen such groups, or minyanim, have sprung up in the Orthodox community during the last year. In some cases women are permitted to lead selected daily or weekly services, while other groups permit all members to read from the Torah or recite the accompanying aliya blessing. From the outside, this brand of worship appears to occupy a theological middle ground between Orthodoxy's commitment to stringent gender distinctions and Conservative Judaism's 20-year march toward full egalitarianism. But the phenomenon, which still lacks the public imprimatur of a prominent Orthodox institution or rabbi, seems best understood as a grassroots attempt by lay people to revolutionize Orthodoxy.
Presently, the municipal government allows untreated sewage to flow into the harbour - near the end of the waterfront, there's an infamous "bubble" where the filth flows in - and despite years of protest and political promises, nothing ever gets done about it. [ ... ] Last weekend, an expensive yacht on a round-the-world voyage was forced to take shelter in St. John's when Hurricane Gustav struck. Shortly thereafter, the boat was swamped - and filled with sewage. [ ... ] Will this finally shame the municipal, provincial and federal governments into doing something about it? I'm not holding my breath.Gee Damien, I have to say it sounds like holding your breath might be the best option!